Today’s Google homepage includes a small birthday cake image with a “25″ candle on top to celebrate the web’s 25th birthday.
The image links to a post on Google’s blog penned by the inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee, asking that everyone “fight to keep it free and open.”
On the 25th birthday of the web, I ask you to join in—to help us imagine and build the future standards for the web, and to press for every country to develop a digital bill of rights to advance a free and open web for everyone. Learn more and speak up for the sort of web we really want with #web25.
According to Berners-Lee, he submitted a proposal on March 12, 1989 while working as a software engineer for CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), asking for time to build “A ‘web’ of notes with links between them.”
Allowed to work on his idea as a side project, Berners-Lee wrote the first browser and editor in 1990. By 1993, Berners-Lee claims CERN declared WWW technology would be, “Available to all, without paying royalties, forever.